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Nordic Chef London: Ekte Kitchen's Guide to Smørrebrød, Gravlax & Beyond

Welcome to the culinary world of Nordic Chef London, where Ekte Kitchen is your guide to Smørrebrød, Gravlax, and beyond! Nestled amidst the bustling Bloomberg Arcade, we invite you to sit back and savor our diversified menu, inspired by the flavors of Norway, right here in London.

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Our minimalist, industrial-chic dining room or cozy outdoor terrace provides the perfect backdrop for you to enjoy our classic Danish open sandwiches, exquisite fish and shellfish delicacies, and a mouth-watering selection of vegetarian dishes. So, grab a seat at our counter, watch our open kitchen in action, and let us take you on a gastronomic tour of Nordic delights.

Discovering Smørrebrød - Nordic Chef London

Picture yourself diving headfirst into a world where bread isn't just bread, it's a canvas for culinary artistry. Welcome to the realm of Smørrebrød, classic Danish open sandwiches, where freshly baked sourdough rye bread is layered with an array of imaginative, fresh, and (dare we say) audacious toppings.

At Ekte Kitchen, our master chefs transform humble ingredients into a veritable smorgasbord of flavor and texture. From our tangy pickled herring topped with dill and capers to our robust roast beef adorned with crispy onions and tangy remoulade. Each bite is an adventure and each Smørrebrød is a delicious revelation.

Norwegian Seafood Delights

From Curried Herring to Smoked Mackerel Rillettes, the seafood offerings at Ekte Kitchen are not just meals; they're an odyssey through the rich waters of Norway. Let's start our journey with the curried herring. A gentle marinade of curry adds an exotic, tantalizing twist to the delicate herring, tickling your palate and leaving you craving for more.

Next stop, the Smoked Mackerel Rillettes, a dish that celebrates the humble mackerel in all its smoky glory. Mackerel, with its robust flavor and oily texture, is smoked to perfection, then shredded and mixed with spices to create a rillette that's as rich as it is refined. Served with a side of our freshly baked bread, it's a dish that truly encapsulates the spirit of Norwegian cuisine.

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At Ekte Kitchen, each seafood dish is lovingly crafted, each a testament to the bounty of Norway's seas, and each with its own unique Ekte Kitchen twist.

A Meat Lover's Guide to Nordic Cuisine

As you delve deeper into the culinary magic of Ekte Kitchen, the allure of our meat dishes is impossible to overlook. Nordic cuisine, renowned for its skillful use of hearty and robust meats, really comes alive on our menu.

First up, let's talk about beef – not just any beef, but our rare roasted, impeccably aged beef. Imagine slices of rich, succulent beef, its subtle smokiness a testament to the skill of our chefs. It's a dish that's simple in its components yet opulent in its flavors.

Second, The Frikadeller, the quintessential Nordic meatballs, a symphony of minced meat, onions, eggs, milk, and breadcrumbs, fried to perfection and served with a creamy gravy. It's comfort food at its Nordic best - honest, hearty, and utterly delicious.

And then, there are our distinctive accompaniments. From sharp, tangy pickled cucumbers to mellow, creamy potato mash, they perfectly balance the richness of our meats, providing a contrast that dances on the palate. The result is a dining experience that's as varied as it is satisfying, a true testament to the versatility of Nordic cuisine.

Vegetarian Heaven at Ekte Kitchen

Our vegetarian menu is a vibrant mosaic of flavors, textures, and colors - a testament to the fact that vegetarian food can be just as diverse and delicious as any other.

Take, for example, our New Potatoes with Smoked Mayonnaise. This seemingly simple dish is far from ordinary. Our new potatoes, tender and earthy, are drenched in our house-made smoked mayonnaise, a creamy concoction laced with a subtle hint of smokiness that perfectly complements the natural sweetness of the potatoes. It's a dish that's humble in its components, yet bold in its flavors, a true ode to the simplicity and elegance of Nordic cuisine.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg lettuce. From hearty beetroot tarts to our colorful array of fresh salads, each dish on Ekte Kitchen's vegetarian menu is a celebration of the rich bounty of Nordic produce.

Nordic Beverages – Aquavits & Schnapps

We've toured the tantalizing flavors of Ekte Kitchen's dishes, but no culinary journey would be complete without a deep dive into the traditional beverages that accompany Nordic dining. Meet Aquavit and Schnapps - the charismatic duo of Nordic libations that offer an idiosyncratic sip of tradition.

Aquavit affectionately dubbed the 'water of life,' is a classic Nordic spirit renowned for its distinctive caraway and dill notes. Our selection, aged in oak barrels, introduces sophisticated undertones of vanilla and spice to the nutty, earthy character of the aquavit, making it a fantastic companion to our Smørrebrød and robust meat dishes.

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Then we have Schnapps - not to be confused with the sweet, fruity liqueurs you might be picturing. Our Schnapps is a clear, potent spirit, often served chilled. Despite its strength, Schnapps' clean, bright profile makes it a natural partner for our rich seafood dishes, cutting through the intensity and refreshing your palate for the next delightful bite.

At Ekte Kitchen, Aquavit and Schnapps aren't just alcoholic beverages; they're a sip of Nordic heritage, an invitation to dine as the Norwegians do, and the perfect compliment to your gastronomic voyage.

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